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The "Car Horn Tones" Idea does not go far enough. What if I want my horn to sound like a lion's roar, or an elephant's trumpeting? And the sound a humpback whale makes is strange enough to get anyone's attention.
Some other loud sounds of note: The firing of a large rocket engine. The noise an
avalanche makes. The rumble of thunder after a lightning strike. The foghorn of an ocean vessel.
The car owner should have complete freedom to decide what sound-bite to play through the heavily amplified horn/speaker system.
As mentioned elsewhere, of course, the car owner does not have complete freedom regarding when to sound it. That's OK by me; the expressions on the faces of the listeners in traffic, when you do sound it, will be totally worth it!
Car Horn Tones
As mentioned in the main text [Vernon, May 24 2010]
horn complete, my ass
[zeno, May 24 2010]
Ahh, much better
[pocmloc, May 25 2010]
||//people aren't allowed to pick their own tones// That
surprises me. Do you have a link?
||"Everything not compulsory is forbidden," eh? Well, it
come to that, but I don't think it's gotten that bad yet.
||I've searched the websites of four American states'
bureau/registry/department of motor vehicles for "horn"
and all I've found is prohibitions against "unreasonably
or loud," and, in one case "oscillating." There's
variety in "stock" car horns, & I never heard of any
(like the California emissions standards) that
had to worry about. Moreover, "novelty" aftermarket
are certainly widely known to exist -- are they illegal?
||Yells 'Boo' very loud and suddenly.
||We need those ground shaking
speakers. Then you could have Godzilla
stomping and roars.
||I guess 'Get your f'ing a' out my way'
would violate the 'too harsh' rule.
||If everybodys car horn had to 'quack'
there'd be less honking, I'll betcha.
||Everyone's car horn should be the sound of a polite cough